Man’s Best Friend: The Xoloitzcuintli

They do not like to be alone.

The Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced show-loh-etts-qweent-lee, also known as Xolo or Mexican hairless dog, is a pretty dog and does not enjoy the day alone.



  • From: Mexico
  • Height: 10-12 in for toy (25-35 cm), 14-18 in for mini (36-45 cm), 18-23 in for standard (46-60 cm)
  • Weight: 5-15 lbs for toy (2-7 kg), 15-31 lbs for mini (7-14 kg), and 24-40 lbs for standard (11-18 kg)
  • Coat: A variety of colors, hairless or short fur
  • Grooming: Twice a week.
  • Exersize Needs: Several long walks or play sessions
  • K-9 Qualites: Loyal, and good natured


Xoloitzcuintlis have a sleek body, almond shaped eyes, large bat-like ears, and a long neck.  Some puppies are born with fur.  Most of them are black or blue-gray in color.

Being hairless, Xoloitzcuintlis are a rare breed of primitive dog.  They need gentle play and love people, enjoy long walks in the yard and like to just hang out with people a lot.  If not trained properly, they can get a little bossy, mostly the toy ones.

Fun Fact:  Some ‘Chupacabras‘ that people claim they have seen were actually Xoloitzcuintlis.  Since this primitive dog breed is not very well known, as is the fact that dogs can be hairless in the first place, it does not fit most people’s idea of a dog.  Therefore they probably assume that what they have seen can’t have been a common dog, although they often describe the animal as a “hairless dog”.




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